Time off is a necessity

Old habits are hard to break. Including the habit of thinking there has to be a “reason” to take a vacation and also the habit of forgetting I’m in complete control of my schedule.

Imagine my surprise when I realized it’s been six months since I last took a break from freelancing and blogging — for Eroticon which was a working trip (an amazing and wonderful one but work was still a big part of it). So my last real break was December 2018 for Christmas. We’re rolling into September 2019 and I’m feeling angst over why I’m so tired, lethargic, and apathetic.

Oh, that’s right. I need a break. I only took two days off when we moved — and even then, I was available by email and Skype messaging, so definitely not a real break either. And a “break” to move was just a break from paid work.

So here I am, reminding myself that taking a vacation for a week or longer isn’t just a luxury. It’s a necessity. Not only do I deserve the break, I need it. But since I work for myself, I also have to give it to myself because I’m my own boss.

And my boss sucks.

But my boss is also reasonable. I want to take a week off each quarter, and I need to make it happen. Because no one will hand me time off or tell me I have to take it before the end of the year or lose it.

What better time to start then right now? Or rather, next week. I want to get paid for a full month of work so to do this, I have to get two week’s worth of work done in one. But it’ll be worth it.


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